The third day of prelims at the World Championships in Doha began with Nic Fink returning to the pool after winning 100 breast gold. Fink led the way in the 50m breaststroke heat, posting a time of 26.66. Nicolo Martinenghi and Adam Peaty were side by side in lanes four and five, with Martinenghi clocking in at 26.75 and Peaty just behind at 27.23.
Fink finished first, ahead of Caspar Corbeau (27.11) and Peaty (27.23), but his time was slower than his first 50 in the 100 final. Ilya Shymanovich, competing as a Neutral Individual Athlete, matched Fink’s time in the final prelim to lead the way into the semis. Sam Williamson (26.69), Martinenghi, and Peter Stevens (26.79) were next swiftest through, with Peaty qualifying 12th.
The third day of prelims at the World Championships in Doha saw an unpredictable and unique competition unfold as swimmers like Fink, Shymanovich, and Williamson battled it out for a spot in the semifinals. This event marked a significant moment in the championships as it showcased the incredible talent and skill of these world-class athletes.